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Tuesday, 05 September 2017 21:07

Rae strikes late to salvage point for Dundee West

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Callum Rae’s injury time penalty secured Dundee West a point from a thrilling match with Fairmuir. The back and forth tie swung in Fairmuir’s favour with four minutes of normal time remaining, when Robbie Flynn grabbed his second of the match. But in the fourth minute of injury time, Rae got the equaliser from 12 yards.

These sides met twice in cup competitions last season, with both ties being decided by penalties. Dundee West came out on top on both occasions, and they had the first chance of the match after four minutes. Nick Fletcher won the ball in the Fairmuir box, but saw his effort pushed away by Shaun Watt.

Both sides were cancelling each other out in the opening stages, but Fairmuir landed the first blow after 10 minutes. Morgan Harrow was robbed by Graeme Stewart, who released Robbie Flynn. The striker powered his way into the penalty area, and unleashed a fierce drive past David Boylan into the bottom corner.

Despite being behind, Dundee West were growing into the game. Lewis Hutton saw his snap shot go narrowly wide before Callum Rae cleared Stewart’s goal-bound effort before it could reach the goal line. This would prove to be an important bit of defending from the captain, as five minutes later his side were level.

Fairmuir failed to deal with a corner, and the ball fell to Lee Clark, who stabbed his shot into the net through a crowd of players. It was a scrappy goal, but one that Dundee West deserved.

The remainder of the first half was bereft of clear cut chances as both sets of players tried to assert themselves on the game.
Kelty Hearts rescued a seemingly impossible point against West Fife United after being five goals down with less than 20 minutes to go. A double from trialist Greig McHugh and a hattrick from Aaron Scott earned the hosts a comeback for a dramatic draw.
 
A dominant first half performance from West Fife United saw the away side go into half being 3-0 up. United continued their dominating performance with two extra goals, early in the second half to make it five. However, the Kelty players switched on and played some fantastic football in the final 20 minutes and managed to snatch an equaliser in the final seconds of the game. 
 
A high scoring game was expected as Lyle Hopkins fired the visitors in front after ten minutes as the powerful forward found the bottom corner. Aaron Scott was unlucky not to get an immediate equaliser, as his speedy run resulted in his shot just going wide of the post in the 21st minute.
 
West Fife's skilful number nine Hamid Eddouss doubled their lead with a great turn of pace to get past the defender and smash it into the top corner, leaving Kelty goalkeeper Hamish Rumford no chance in the 37th minute.
 
With seconds remaining in the half, Eddouss made it three with a controversial goal after a long ball was put over the top, as Eddouss may have fouled the defender before placing the ball past the keeper. However, due to West Fifes scintillating first half performance, the goal was richly deserved.  

 
Sunday, 03 September 2017 20:02

10-man Broughty battle back to beat Saints

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Rory Jagusinski’s second half brace secured 10-man Broughty United their first win of the season. St Murdochs levelled the tie early in the second half before Robbie McDonald was dismissed, but the Broughty full back produced two moments of magic to win his side the match.

Broughty had been shot-shy on the opening day as they went down 2-0 in Forfar, but took just 28 seconds to open the scoring. Simon Sharpe got on the end of Callum Howe’s cut back and found the net from five yards out.

The hosts had stand-in goalkeeper Gregor Tweed to thank for keeping them ahead after 15 minutes, as he kept out a deflected effort from Steven Dell that looked to be heading for the top corner. This save proved to be even more important when Broughty broke from the resulting corner and scored their second

Sharpe again the scorer, latching onto a perfectly weighted pass and sliding the ball under the oncoming goalkeeper.

Broughty’s joy proved to be short lived, as Saints found the net five minutes later. Dell’s free kick deflected into Ben Holmes, whose shot was pushed onto the post by Tweed, but the ball fell kindly for Jack Paterson at the back post, who had the simple task of tapping in the third goal of the afternoon.

Callum Howe saw his shot kept out by Roman Robb, before Saints Owen Ruxton headed over from a matter of yards out on the stroke of half time.

Thursday, 24 August 2017 22:03

Fairmuir Violet fire five past Coupar Angus

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Doubles from Ross Bell and Jaden Murphy secured Fairmuir Violet three points against Coupar Angus.

A back and forth first half saw the sides go off level at the break, but three second half goals wrapped up the points for last season’s U17s treble winners.

Coupar Angus got the league campaign off to the ideal start against Brechin on the opening day, cruising to a 5-1 victory. Any thoughts that their trip to Graham Street would be as straightforward were ended after 42 seconds, as Brendan Howett fired the hosts into the lead.

The midfielder’s powerful strike from the edge of the box flew past Andrew Smith in the Coupar Angus goal.

The visitors managed to level the tie before the ten-minute mark. A miskick saw the ball fall kindly for Ross Campbell at the edge of the box, who composed himself, and curled a shot into the net, via the inside of the post.

Moray Robertson sent Stefan Brown in behind the Fairmuir defence moments later, but his chipped effort was wide of the mark.

With 19 minutes gone, Fairmuir went back in front. Coupar Angus pushed too many men forward at a free kick, allowing a quick counter attack that ended with Smith pushing Callan Gallacher’s shot into the path of Ross Bell, who rolled the ball into the empty net.

Smith had to be at his best moments later to keep out Cameron Henderson’s header. The Fairmuir defender got a deft touch on Ryan Scobie’s in-swinging free kick, but the goalkeeper managed to get down to the bottom corner, and push the ball to safety.

Both Moray Robertson and Campbell had efforts off target before the visitors got their equaliser. Ryan Robertson lifted the ball into the box, and as Fairmuir keeper Steven Connor caught Scobie rather than the ball, the visitors found themselves level at the break.

An unfortunate moment for Fairmuir and Scobie, who was unable to return to action in the second half.

Tuesday, 22 August 2017 21:32

Panthers beat United in all Broughty battle

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Lewis Denny’s double inspired Broughty United Panthers to victory over Broughty United. It’s not every day that two teams from the same club face off, but it was Broughty Panthers that walked away with the bragging rights, and the all-important three points.

Any thoughts of these two sides playing for a draw were quickly put to bed after three minutes. Daniel Boyle opened the scoring with a low finish from ten yards.

The lead was quickly doubled as Adam Barclay found the net with a looping effort from 20 yards.

United had goalkeeper Craig Gibb to thank for keeping the deficit down after 15 minutes. The keeper first smothering Ryan Carr’s close range effort, and then denying Boyle with another fine save.

In contrast, Panthers keeper Wilson Price had precious little to do in the first half, and his side nearly added a third when a long free kick landed at the feet of Josh Knight, but he fired over from just inside the box.

With the referee preparing to bring the first half to an end, the Panthers struck again. Price turned provider as his long ball released Ryan Carr, who raced clear of the United defence and coolly found the bottom corner.

 

Wednesday, 14 June 2017 10:33

Super Scott seals St John's silverware

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Nathan Scott’s late strike saw St John’s RC HS triumph in the Senior Johnston Trophy final. Ben Russell put St John’s ahead midway through the second half, but a cool finish from Adam Brown brought Grove Academy level. But Scott popped up with the decisive goal 20 minutes from time.

St John’s were nearly ahead inside two minutes. Nathan Scott won the ball on the edge of the Grove box, but tried to beat goalkeeper Fraser Burnett at the near post rather than shoot across the keeper. Brian Rice then fired over for St John’s after five minutes.

Both teams were edgy in the opening stages, with neither goalkeeper being seriously tested.

Burnett made a fine save after 23 minutes to keep the score level. The Grove stopper then made a fingertip save to keep out Ross Graham’s header. Graham then headed the resulting corner narrowly over.

Craig Kelmo was the next St John’s player to test Burnett, but the Grove keeper was equal to his effort.

Despite the cagey opening, both teams were beginning to play to their full potential. Adam Brown brought a save out of Michael Ellwood before Burnett denied Scott again.

Brown had the ball in the net after 39 minutes, but the striker was judged to be offside.

Grove Academy found the net 12 times as they demolished Craigie HS in the final of the Dundee United Cup. A hat trick from Fraser MacLeod, a brace from Finlay Baird and goals from Lewis Stracey, Ewan Faulkner, Ryan Hunt, Luke Benvie, Brandon Black, Callan Gallacher and Chris Mudie saw Grove cruise to victory at Whitton Park.

It took Grove just 83 seconds to open the scoring. Callan Gallacher’s corner was fumbled by Craigie keeper Ian Wylie, which allowed Fraser MacLeod to stab the ball in from close range. Craigie were already underdogs, and the early set back didn’t help their hopes of causing an upset.

With 10 minutes gone, Grove doubled their lead. MacLeod turned provider as he cut the ball back for Finlay Baird, who guided the ball past Wylie into the bottom corner.

Grove were in complete control, and nearly added a third when Ryan Hunt fired over after 14 minutes. They wouldn’t have to wait long for a third, as Lewis Stracey got in on the act after 16 minutes. The left back’s surging run looked to have been brought to an end when he was kicked on the edge of the area, but rather than stop and take the free kick, he powered on and blasted the ball past Wylie.

Stracey nearly doubled his tally after 28 minutes, but his in-swinging cross came back off the cross bar. Wylie did well to keep out Baird’s half volley from the top of the box before making a smart save with his feet to deny Hunt after half an hour.

The Craigie goalkeeper was beaten moments later, but Brandon Black’s volley came back off the crossbar.

Craigie had been struggling to deal with Grove’s corners, and it was a set piece that brought about their fourth of the match. Stracey’s cross was flicked home by MacLeod after 34 minutes. 

Two minutes later, Grove’s lead was five. Another Stracey corner was turned in by Ewan Faulkner from two yards out.

St John’s RC HS stunned Grove Academy as they won the George Grant Memorial Trophy 3-0 on penalties, after an injury time equaliser from Ethan Bannon. Goals from Tom Banyard and Josh Mulligan looked to have secured the cup for Grove, but Bannon’s late brace forced a shootout.

Grove missed all three of their kicks while St John’s found the net three times, securing the most remarkable of cup victories.

The first half was very much a non-event. The first moment of interest came after 32 minutes.

St John’s goalkeeper Lennon Mitchell made a smart save to deny Euan Faulkner from close range, before Finlay Baird volleyed the rebound over the bar from six yards out.

 

Wednesday, 07 June 2017 23:43

Grove see off Harris in Logie Cup final

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Grove Academy lifted the Logie Cup with a 3-0 win over Harris Academy. A first half double from Leon Winterton and a second half strike from Owen Boath secured the silverware for Grove against the league champions.

Harris ran out 6-0 winners when these sides met in the league last week, with the victory securing them their first ever U13 league title. Despite the heavy defeat, it was Grove that opened the scoring after three minutes.

Leon Winterton picked the ball up 20 yards from goal and smashed it past goalkeeper Fraser Allan into the back of the net. It was very clear to all in attendance at Whitton Park that Grove meant business.

Grove nearly doubled their lead after nine minutes. Owen Boath’s low cross was met by Harrison Taylor, but he could only put the ball straight at Allan.

Three minutes later, Allan denied Taylor again. Some neat interplay at the top of the box saw the Harris defence carved open as Taylor went through one-on-one with the keeper. The forwards shot looked destined for the top corner, but Allan managed to push the ball onto the crossbar.

Oliver Brander sent a cross from the right wing against the crossbar as Grove continued to press for a second goal. Winterton was the next player to hit the woodwork as his free kick came crashing off the bar after 17 minutes.

With 26 minutes played, Grove found a way past Allan for a second time. Winterton picked the ball up 25 yards from goal and sent a thunderous strike into the top right corner of the net. It was a goal of the season contender from the midfielder, that had given Grove the lead their dominance merited.

Allan was called into action after 31 minutes as he denied Taylor again. Harris’s first effort came from Imran Madugu, but his shot sailed harmlessly over the crossbar four minutes before the interval.

 

Cantera secured the PJ&DYFL League Cup with a convincing 4-0 win over St Peters in Port Glasgow. Before kick off, both teams observed a minute’s silence to honour the victims of the Manchester attack.

Both teams started the match with great intensity but struggled to break down each other’s defences. Chances came at a premium during the opening exchanges but Cantera came close after a set-piece.

Cantera attacker Kyle Alexander hit a corner nine minutes into the first half that floated the ball invitingly into the far post where centre back Jordan Bow was waiting, but Bow fired his header narrowly over the bar.

The atmosphere was cagey as each side took turns probing the other’s defence without success. Cantera centre back Daniel Ferguson was looking particularly impressive in the opening twenty minutes, demonstrating a wide range of passing for a nominal defender.

Cantera then came close to an opening goal following another corner. Brian McCulloch’s corner after 26 minutes was fired into the near post where Ferguson glanced his header slightly over the far corner.

St Peters increasingly struggled to create opportunities as Cantera applied heavier pressure. McCulloch did well when he sprinted down the left wing before knocking the ball back to Matthew McDowall at the edge of the box. McDowall cut inside but his shot was high and wide of the far post.

Then with just five minutes remaining in the first half, Cantera took the lead. Striker McDowall showed his strength to control a long ball forward at the edge of the box with his back to goal. McDowall played a neat through ball for Keaton Scott Shira, who took one touch then fired the ball into the bottom left corner.

The ref blew his whistle for half-time shortly afterwards and while Cantera were ahead, there was a feeling St Peters had more to offer in the second half.